April 15, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
Digital photo frames are becoming one of the most popular gifts and ways to showcase your digi photo collection. ViewSonic launched its first in January, and has now added 10 customizable frames to its offerings, from $139.
ViewSonic’s new frames come in 7-, 8- and 10-inch sizes, with interchangeable bezels. Wood, black and silver, or black and white are among the choices you can use to customize the frame to your home decor.
The frames feature an easy-to-use setup menu, along with 256MB of internal memory so you can rotate almost 4,000 photos.
Photos can be uploaded to the frame via USB cable, straight from a thumb drive or with your camera’s memory card, and the frames have a built-in battery so you can place it anywhere in your home.
The 10-inch widescreen DPX1002 features a 1024 x 600 resolution and supports JPEG, BMP, motion JPEG, MPEG1, MPEG4 and MP3 file formats. The 4:3 aspect ratio 8-inch DPX802WD, DPX802WD-BW and DPX802BSL-BW have an 800 x 600 resolution. The widescreen 7-inch DPX702BSL-BW, DPX702WD-BW and DPX702WD have 800 x 480 resolution.
ViewSonic also added more traditional, white-framed, 128MB digital frame models: 7-inch widescreen DPX704WH, 8-inch 4:3 DPX804WH and 10-inch widescreen DPX1004WH.
Estimated street values are $139 for the 7-inch models; $149 for 8-inch frames; and $179 for 10-inch frames.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.